The clock strikes midnight and the mass of Vietnamese people gathered at Thien Quang Lake for the Heineken Countdown Party explode into roaring cheers. As the fireworks begin to go off, the crowd gathers around us – some of the only white people in attendance – and forms a dance circle, pumping their fists in […]


Over 7 months ago, I started working on a novel; it was a product of circumstance – the only way I knew how to express myself in a tumultuous point of my life. I had just moved to Toronto after a rollercoaster international relationship and was forced to face the seemingly dire prospects of life […]


A rare respite from the mayhem of Hanoi, The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 in dedication to Vietnam’s finest scholars. It’s the kind of place where you can will away hours with a good book and a notepad, insulated from the bustle of the outside world. Men sleep sheltered from the imposing daytime heat, dragons breath […]


Two weeks ago, I arrived in Hanoi: the heart and soul of Vietnam; an old and sprawling city that is equal parts charming and disorderly. Of course, this is not my first time here – but rather a return – and that chaos that I so desperately sought surrounds me now; in the frenzy of […]


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